Andrea Whitt is an exceptionally versatile multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer. While studying classical music in college, her passion for jazz and improvisation began while performing in a Brazilian jazz ensemble and studying intensely under top jazz pedagogues. Andrea received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Currently, Andrea tours with Italian artist Zucchero, on viola, fiddle, pedal steel guitar and mandolin. Previously she performed with Shania Twain for over two years on viola and fiddle during her residency in Las Vegas.
Andrea has performed with other artists including Stevie Wonder, Phil Lesh, Kamasi Washington, Deep Purple, Hunter Hayes, Far East Movement, Harry Connick Jr., Cee-Lo Green, One Republic, John Legend, Halsey, and Natalie Cole. She recorded on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy award winning album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly,’ and has appeared on television and awards shows including the Ellen Degeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, American Country Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Latin Grammys, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
A pioneer in creative string pedagogy and performance, Andrea was commissioned to write two pieces for the International Viola Congress. As a Yamaha artist and guest clinician for schools and music conferences, she instructs young string players in improvisation and multi-genre performances.